Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) and Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) have announced that they have signed a new Airport Cooperation Agreement to mutually develop the air cargo traffic between their two regions.
The partnership will strengthen the knowledge sharing between the two airports and support the collective air cargo reach of each airport. Additionally, the airports expect to work on cutting-edge initiatives to develop high-quality handling systems for e-commerce cargo.
The annual air cargo throughput at Chicago Rockford Airport for 2020 was 383,915 tonnes, a 17 per cent increase over 2019. Cologne Bonn Airport's annual air cargo throughput was 863,000 tonnes in 2020.
The pandemic is the biggest hurdle that the aviation industry has ever faced with airlines losing US$390 billion in gross operating revenue in 2021, said James Goodwin, CEO of the Australian Airports Association.
Airports have weathered the storm by drastically scaling back resources and cutting operation costs, but what does the future hold and what can the aviation industry learn from the pandemic, he said.
Both RFD and CGN agree to support current cargo customers by evaluating processes and procedures. The agreement aims to make ground and cargo handling more efficient and shorten the delivery times for logistics companies.
'The pronounced similarities between our two airports provide a springboard for us to move forward proactively and efficiently to positively impact business, continued economic development and job growth in our regions,' said Chicago Rockford executive director Mike Dunne.
Said Cologne Bonn Airport CEO Johan Vanneste: 'With the cooperation agreement, we will establish a regular communication and exchange platform. The exchange will include security, marketing and sales, as well as air cargo and e-commerce market development.'